The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Aug 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - A new elevator will be built at Oswego with a capacity of from 250,000 to 400,000 bushels of grain. The cost will run over $250,000.

On Saturday a raft containing 200,000 cubic feet left Garden Island for Quebec.

Asleep and Drifting - 2 men in skiff drift from Brothers Islands to near the lighthouse at Four Mile Point; woke by whistle of North King.

Norah Retains the Fisher Cup - Belleville, Aug. 1st - The race for the Fisher cup took place, Saturday, and resulted in a victory for Norah, the holder. The competing yacht was the Onward, of Rochester, which led at the start, was passed on the first round, and regained the lead after the second mark was rounded. At the home buoy, when on the first round, Onward was two minutes and 37 secs. ahead, but on the next round her topmast went by the board and her gaff broke, throwing her off the race. Norah went on and finished the race in 5:16:30, only five minutes ahead of the alloted time.

The Body Released - diver Malenfant released body, held down by anchor chain in forecastle of schr. Kate.

District - Capt. Lewis Hudgin, Salmon Point lighthouse, has received leave of absence for a few weeks, and will visit friends at Deseronto and in New York state. The lighthouse will be manned by Capt. J. Hudgin.


The R. & O.N. Co.'s new steamer Columbian, of which there has been so much comment of late, arrived at Swift's wharf. Her arrival was noted by a display of fireworks as she entered the dock Saturday night. The Columbian is a boat of which any company might feel proud in possessing, costing as she did $130,000. Every possible contrivance for the convenience and comfort of passengers has been introduced. In magnificience she is a regular floating palace and gives one a mere insight as to what may be seen in a survey of one of the ocean steamships. The steamer is 180 feet long, 32 feet water line and 42 feet over all. Her engines, which are triple expansion, are very powerful, being an exact copy, and containing the same number of pieces as those in use in Steamship City of Paris. Her rate of speed is averaged at sixteen and a half miles per hour. She is a steel twin-screw river and lake steamer of 702 tons burden. She is a pretty boat in the water and resembles the lake propellers in build. Inside she is decidedly beautiful, and a prettier steamer does not run out of Kingston.

The prevailing colors in her decorations are white and cream with gold ornamentation. It is a combination so easily overdone that the result in the present instance is all the more worthy of praise. It is not dead in appearance, neither is it too gaudy. The fittings and stair railings are of cherry and the chairs are pretty rustic designs with cane seats. Heavy carpets cover the floors. The fittings of the boat are complete throughout. Nothing has been forgotten that can give comfort and convenience either in the working of the boat or to the passengers.

She has three decks and can accommodate 800 passengers. She is of solid steel and is steered by steam one man only being necessary to attend to the guiding of the vessel. With forty-five of a crew every department is supplied with sufficient help. In the dining room alone fourteen waiters are employed. She is lighted with electricity and is furnished with no less than 140 of these illuminators. The promenade deck is a fine shady place and equipped with chairs of handy design. The beautiful boat is the work of the Delaware River iron shipbuilding and engine works, Chester, Pa., and is a credit to the firm. The dining room is of the latest arrangement and seventy-eight persons can be seated in it at one time.

The Columbian is in command of Capt. Batton (sic) with F. Oulette, Montreal, 1st mate, and J. Hanna, Kingston, 2nd mate, R.J. Bushel, purser, Attelio Gramini, steward.

Capt. Batten says the Columbian made a fine trip from New York to Newfoundland and covered eleven knots per hour on an angry sea. Her cargo on this trip consisted of 175 tons of coal. The engines consume only half a ton per hour. She is very staunch and during a heavy gale on Lachine lake the other day she glided smoothly through the water while another large steamer was on her beam ends.

The Canadian Route.

Capt. Macdonald says he has been misquoted to a certain degree as to the St. Lawrence route. It is quite feasible to go to Montreal keeping entirely in Canadian waters, and at no time subject to any interference by American regulations. He writes: "A circumstance just occurs to me that happened a few years since, that verifies the statement of the existence of a through Canadian channel. The schooner Hemisphere, full loaded, was sought to be libelled by

( ) American authority ( ). Two revenue cutters were placed to watch for and seize her when passing down the river. She was taken in tow by the tug Glide, Capt. Joe Murray, of this city, to Prescott, and taken through to the Cornwall canal by way of Johnstown by Capt. Murphy, of Morrisburg, passing entirely through Canadian waters to the Galop rapids thus evading those on watch for her and much to their chagrin. I think this ought to satisfy the most skeptical as to the existence of a feasible and practical channel."

Capt. James Murray, of the tug D.G. Thompson, declares for a thoroughly Canadian channel. The Fiddler's Elbow channel is entirely Canadian and was run successfully for years, all the forwarding being done through it from this section. It is only in recent years that the American channel has been utilized and only for the reason that it is somewhat straighter than the Canadian. He adds: "I will take four, or as many barges as may be prepared, at any time required, down the Canadian channel, and I have no fear of the result."

Marine Paragraphs.

The schrs. Gaskin and Glenora are now engaged in the coal trade between Fairhaven and Montreal.

Arrivals: prop. Rhoda Emily, Chicago, 37,000 bushels of corn; tug Thompson, Montreal, four barges.

Clearances: prop. Rhoda Emily, Oswego, to load coal for upper lakes; tug Active, Montreal, four barges grain.

W. Flanigan and S. Thornton, of this city, will serve as waiters on the Columbian for the balance of the season.

The new steel tug Petrel, lately built at Collins Bay by Capt. W. Lesslie, manager of the Collins Bay Rafting and Forwarding company, and launched on 18th June, arrived today on her trial trip, under command of Capt. A. McDonald, Ed Taylor, chief engineer, John Evans, second engineer, Mrs. Isaac, cook.

p.2 Who is Discriminating? - editorial about canal tolls.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Aug 1892